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Jean Rafferty

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Contact: jeanrafferty.fireopal@btopenworld.om
Local authority: South Lanarkshire
Languages: English
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Jean Rafferty is the author of Foul Deeds Will Rise, a novel about Satanist ritual abuse set on the beautiful islands of Orkney. The book, like much of Rafferty's previous work as a novelist an journalist, has proved controversial and two publishers withdrew from publishing it before Wild Wolf took it on.

"Foul Deeds Will Rise Is as dark and menacing as Macbeth. It is horrifying until it becomes plausible" - Edmund White, author of The Farewell Symphony and recipient of the 2018 PEN/Falkner Award for Achievement in American Fiction

Rafferty's two previous works of fiction were both nominated for literary prizes. Her novel, Myra, Beyond Saddleworth, was shortlisted for the 2013 Gordon Burn Prize and The Four Marys, a collection of Scottish novellas, was longlisted for a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered award in 2015. Rafferty was twice shortlisted in the UK Press Awards, an unusual honour for a freelance, and won a 2002 Joseph Rowntree Journalist's Fellowship for her work on prostitution. She has won awards for feature writing, travel writing, comment and health journalism. She has travelled widely for her journalism and is an experienced teacher whose training has been called inspirational. She is chair of peace charity, Dove Tales.

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Human rights; Music; Publishing & getting published; Travel writing; Wars & conflicts; World War 1; World War 2

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

3-5; 6-8; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+